Russia: Moscow court extends detention of lawyer charged with $15 mln embezzlement

Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court extended detention of Sergey Yuryev, the president of Moscow’s bar association Mezhregion charged with embezzling 1 billion rubles (over $15 million) from the State Air Traffic Management Corporation (ATM) until April 17, RAPSI was told Friday in the Federal Chamber of Lawyers.

Investigators claim that in 2008, the State ATM Corporation signed a contract for legal services with one of the bar associations. The bar chairman working connections in the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) submitted a conclusion with a write-up value of legal services for the completion of tender documentation. The signed agreement has been repeatedly prolonged in violation of the established procedure.

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